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Services Set for John J. Conrad

July 7, 2014

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MACOMB, IL -- A funeral mass for John Conrad, Western Illinois University law enforcement professor emeritus, co-founder of the WIU Department of Law Enforcement Administration and former department chair, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 10 at St. Paul Church in Macomb, with burial to follow in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 9. Conrad, 77, died July 6 in Macomb.

Conrad began his career at Western in 1967 teaching criminology in the sociology department. In 1969, he co-founded the Department of Law Enforcement Administration. For the next 30 years, Conrad served as a professor and chair before retiring in 1999. In the early years of the nationally recognized department, he oversaw the development of the master's degree program, and the expansion of the undergraduate and graduate extension courses in Burlington, Quincy, Springfield, the Quad Cities and the Chicago area. He developed specialized law enforcement training programs throughout Illinois and was the principal instructor in 80 training programs. Conrad worked extensively as a planner and consultant with the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission and the Western Illinois Crime Commission and a variety of federal and state agencies including drug task force units and the Illinois Department of Corrections. He served on a wide range of departmental and college committees and advisory boards for national professional organizations.

In the 35 years of service in the field of education, he was proud to have contacted and trained more than 10,000 students in the field of law enforcement. He was selected as Outstanding Teacher in the College of Applied Sciences and received the Faculty Excellence Award for outstanding teaching and scholarly activities. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and Tau Kappa Epsilon social fraternity.

He was the co-author of the text, "Juvenile Justice," with colleague Steve Cox. The text, currently in its eighth edition, has been adopted by over 200 universities and remains a mainstay in law enforcement and criminal justice programs throughout the United States.

Conrad was preceded in death by his wife, Nalda Fava. He is survived by two sons, Craig and Curt; four grandchildren; and two sisters.

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